BFI Future Film Academy at BFI Southbank

The BFI Future Film Academy is offering 20 aspiring young filmmakers a fun and practical talent development programme as part of the national BFI Film Academy scheme.

Each year between September and December, a cohort of selected participants between the age of 16 to 19 are trained by industry and education professionals to produce short films. This intensive programme includes hands-on filmmaking workshops, masterclasses with filmmakers, plus free access to screenings at the BFI London Film Festival and monthly BFI Future Film events. Participants are also actively involved in the exhibition and distribution of their work and have the opportunity to gain the newly launched NCFE ‘Preparing to Work in the Film Industry’ accreditation.

Our participants will work in small teams to produce short films on the theme of the BFI autumn season, which in 2019 will be Musicals.

Most sessions will run on Wednesday evenings between 6-8pm, some Saturdays and throughout half term, 21-25 October 2019, at BFI Southbank and other locations. Please see our timetable via the PDF below to check the precise session times and dates.

How to Apply

If you wish to apply, please download our timetable and visit the online application form linked below.

Applications will be accepted from 2 July until the deadline at 5pm on Friday 6 September. Please complete the online form.

We invite applications from any young person who lives in London, is aged 16 to 19 and who has a passion for cinema and filmmaking. Unfortunately, we do not accept applications from anyone who has previously attended a BFI Network Film Academy course or is currently at university.

There are over 40 other BFI Network Film Academies happening all over the UK and residential courses that you can apply for if you have already completed a Network Academy Course.

If you want to know more about the Future Film Academy, applicants and their parents/guardians are invited to an open evening talk at 6pm on Wednesday 21 August 2019 in the Blue Room of BFI Southbank, or email us at

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